People Power

Inspiring Stories from San Diego's Eastern Region

AAUW HOSTS CONFERENCE ON SEXUAL SLAVERY OF LOCAL CHILDREN APRIL 28

 
April 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Sexual Slavery - trafficking of 12 year olds .- Cambodia - Thailand?  NO!  This travesty is taking place in San Diego - El Cajon  - Lemon Grove! CNN estimates that from 100,000 to 300,000 children are being prostituted on the streets of the US. It is the girl next door we are talking about. We realize it won't stop until responsible citizens become educated on how to recognize it and what must be done to stop it.  

 

SYMPOSIUM FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN APRIL 21

 

County and Other Partners Sharing Resources and Supportive Connections
 
April 15, 2012  (San Diego County) -- More than 24,000 grandparents in San Diego County have primary responsibility for meeting their grandchildren’s daily needs. As surrogate parents, they must re-learn and navigate a complex network of health, educational, and social services, often without much help.

 

STOLEN INNOCENCE: HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

"Imagine yourself, 8-years-old, stripped naked, on the ground, on the bathroom floor, chained, crying for your mommy." 

– Angela, Survivor
 
Story and photos by Ron Logan
 
April 9, 2012 (San Diego) – If you believe that human trafficking is not a problem in San Diego County – you would be wrong. Very wrong. Human trafficking is happening right now, across our region, even as you read this. And it is happening on our front porch.

MCDONALD’S PARTNERING WITH SDPOA TO HONOR JEREMY HENWOOD APRIL 11

Fundraiser to Support SDPOA Widows and Orphans Fund

April 9, 2012 (San Diego) – After the tragic shooting and death of SDPD Officer Jeremy Henwood, it was discovered that his last stop was the McDonald’s located at 3879 Fairmont Ave., where he bought cookies for a young boy.  In honor of the life of Officer Henwood, the SDPOA is partnering with Phil Palumbo, the owner and operator of that McDonald’s to raise funds for the SDPOA Widows and Orphans Fund.  A portion of the proceeds from purchases made between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on April 11 will benefit the fund. 

PROJECT WILDLIFE HOSTS WILDLIFE BABY SHOWER APRIL 14

 
April 8, 2012 (San Diego) -- Each Spring and Summer when local wildlife nest and birth their young, Project Wildlife receives and cares for thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife countywide until they are ready for release.
 
Come experience the wildlife “baby season” at the organization’s third annual Wildlife Baby Shower. The event will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Project Wildlife’s Triage Center, 887 ½ Sherman St., San Diego 92110. 

 

LA MESA SEEKS DONATIONS FOR FLAG DAY PARADE JUNE 2

 

April 8, 2012 -- La Mesa's Flag Day Parade committee is raising funds for this year's annual parade on Saturday, June 2nd. Our financial goal is $15,000 which will offset operational expenses, including transportation costs for school marching bands, public address equipment, and traffic control set up.

 

MISS RANCHO JAMUL PAGEANT WINNERS CROWNED

 

April 5, 2012 -- Miss Rancho Jamul, Stephanie Grecco and Miss Teen Rancho Jamul, Gigi Gauthier we crowned Saturday, March 31 at the pageant held at the Steele Canyon High School Theater.

Stephanie Grecco is a 21 year old student at Cuyamaca College, and is currently working toward her Associates Degree in Music Industry Studies. She plans to attain her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Stephanie enjoys singing, song writing, playing piano and guitar, and hopes to one day impact lives with the music she creates.

CUB SCOUTS FROM RANCHO SAN DIEGO-JAMUL GET UP CLOSE LOOK AT MCAS MIRAMAR

April 4, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – Cub Scouts and their families got a tour yesterday of at MCAS Miramar.  They were able to see demonstrations of the K-9 dogs used to detect explosives.  They were also shown how a fire is fought should a crash occur on the runway.  Finally, they were shown how ordinance is detonated via a robot and if necessary with highly trained Marines in the field.

The photo is of the Scouts and a Marine from the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team.

FIREFIGHTER BOOT DRIVE TUESDAY

 
April 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Tomorrow,  April  3rd,  firefighters  across  the  county  will  be  at  various intersections collecting donations for the Burn Institute’s “Give Burns The Boot” fundraiser.  Money raised benefits the Burn Institute’s burn prevention programs in the County.
 
Firefighters  from  Heartland  Fire  &  Rescue  in  El  Cajon,  will  be  at  the intersection of Greenfield Drive and East Main Street from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. collecting donations!

 

A DAY OF ACTION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING APRIL 7 IN SAN DIEGO

April 2, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego has become a hotbed of human trafficking and it includes more than undocumented immigrants. Law enforcement have identified San Diego as an international gateway for sex trafficking and one of the 13 cities in the nation with the highest incidence of child prostitution, including local teens. Forced marriages and modern slavery are also critical issues. Worldwide, trafficking is an estimated $40 billion industry affecting every country. 

JONES HONORS SANTEE RESIDENT ELAINE MURPHY AS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

 
Longtime Community Standout Deserving of Legislative Honor
 
March 30, 2012 (Sacramento) -- Assemblyman Brian Jones is pleased to announce the selection of Elaine Murphy as the 2012 Woman of the Year for the 77th Assembly District.

“It is with great admiration and gratitude that I am able to honor Elaine, who has selflessly given of her time and efforts for nearly all of her adult life to serve both our country and community.”

COUNTY ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNITIES

 
San Diego County is One of Five Nationally
 
March 27, 2012 (San Diego County) -- San Diego County has been named one of five winners of the inaugural America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards by MetLife Foundation and Generations United. San Diego County has long been recognized as a leader in intergenerational programs.

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET FOR THE PROM DRESS GIVEAWAY!

 March 26, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Donate a gently-used formal gown to the San Diego County Library for their annual Prom Dress Drive and Gown Giveaway and make a difference in a local teen’s life.  The dresses can be dropped off at the El Cajon County Library branch at 201 E. Douglas Ave. between now and April 20. 

NATIONAL CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER HONORS LOCAL CHILD ADVOCATE WITH OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD

 
Donna Williams Selected as Best in Law Enforcement for Child Abuse Victims
 
March 25, 2012 (Huntsville, AL) -- The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) presented the Outstanding Service Award in Law Enforcement to Donna Williams, who served as a Detective with the San Diego Police Department from 1989 until her unfortunate death in 2011. Detective Cindy Brady accepted the award on behalf of Williams. The honor came at the 28th National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama.  Detective Williams’ daughter, De Kenya Williams, was in attendance at the award ceremony.

 

RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS (RSVPS) HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT KEEP COMMUNITIES SAFE – AND SAVE MONEY

 

By Shannon Michael
 
March 24, 2012 (San Diego) – In today’s tight budgetary times, local law enforcement departments are getting a hand from retired senior volunteer programs (RSVPs).  How do these dedicated volunteers help our communities—and  how do programs at different agencies compare?

 

1ST ANNUAL CRASH FOR KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT ON MARCH 26

March 21, 2012 (San Diego) – Crash for Kids, the first annual golf tournament to benefit the San Diego Police Officers Association’s Widows and Orphans Fund and the San Diego Army Advisory Council, will take place on Monday, March 26 at 10:00 a.m.  The event will be held at The Santaluz Club, located at 8170 Caminito Santaluz E, San Diego.

BILLS FOR BILL: FUNDRAISER AT ALPINE TAVERN APRIL 2 TO HELP COVER MEDICALCOSTS FOR EDUCATION LEADER BILL WEAVER

By Miriam Raftery

March 19, 2012 (Alpine)—A spinal tumor and life-threatening infection have left Bill Weaver, a dedicated education leader and advocate for East County’s  children, in need of community help.  I ask our readers to join in efforts to help Bill, who requires continuing in-home care while recovering from a long hospital stay. There are two ways you can help.

On Monday, April 2 from 3-10 p.m., the Alpine Tavern & Grill at 2502 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine will host “Beers for Bill,” donating 20% of proceeds to help pay for Bill’s medical expenses. 

STATE PARKS DEPT. WEIGHS PROPOSAL TO SAVE PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK AFTER SUPPORTERS RAISE $72,000 IN PLEDGES TO KEEP PARK OPEN

 

By Miriam Raftery
 
March 18, 2012 (Palomar) – Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park announced this week that they have reached and exceeded their fundraising goal to fill the budget gap between the park’s operating expenses and revenues. The group received nearly $72,000 in pledges—far more than the $60,000 sought.

 

COMEDY NIGHT BENEFIT FOR THE MELTZER BOYS AT FLINN SPRINGS INN MARCH 23

 

By Caprice Harrison
 
March 19, 2012 (Flinn Springs) – Flinn Springs Inn is holding a Comedy Night on March 23 that will be a benefit for the Meltzer boys of Alpine who lost their mother on December 23, 2011. For more information about the crime, click here.
 
The entertainment for the night includes headliner Chris Clobber, John Holt, Drizz, Diane Jean, Rick Gene, and Charlie Ayers.

THE GOOD OLD DAYS ARE BACK WITH THE 21ST ANNUAL EL CAJON ROTARY CHARITY AUCTION MARCH 30

March 16, 2012 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Rotary will be holding its 21stAnnual Charity Auction on Friday March 30 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.at the Toyota of El Cajon Showroom, 965 Arnele Avenue, El Cajon. 

TEE-OFF FOR OVARIAN CANCER GOLF TOURNAMENT ON MAY 4

March 13, 2012 (Jamul) – Nine Girls Ask? is holding its Tee-Off for Ovarian Cancer golf tournament on May 4 at Steele Canyon Golf Club, 3199 Stonefield Drive, Jamul.  The event registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament will start at 1:00 p.m.

NUTRITION IS VITAL TO THE SICK—AND MAMA’S KITCHEN DELIVERS TO THOSE IN NEED

 
By Alberto Cortés
Executive Director, Mama’s Kitchen
 
March 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- March is National Nutrition Month and while most of us are focusing on how we can develop sound eating and physical activity habits, there are many who are wondering how they will be able to shop or cook their meal tonight. Why? Because they are suffering from a debilitating illness such as HIV/AIDS or cancer that doesn’t enable them to live an everyday existence.

EL CAJON ANIMAL SHELTER NEEDS BATH MATS FOR DOGS

 
March 9, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Animal Shelter has sent out a request through its new Facebook page to fill a need of rubber backed bath mats for the outdoor dog runs. The dog runs are floor heated but the dogs need some padding. 
 
“If everyone brought in one mat that could go a long way in satisfying their need,” says Peggy Buffo. Sizes needed are 2 x 3 feet or 3 x 4 feet.

VETERAN WITH POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) DEPARTS ON 3,800 MILE CROSS COUNTRY BICYCLE RIDE MARCH 10 IN LA MESA

 

March 7, 2012 (La Mesa)--Tom Skinner, an Army veteran, will depart on Saturday. March 10, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. from the United Church of Christ, 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa on 117-day cross country ride covering over 3,800 miles ending at White River Junction, Vermont the National PTSD Headquarters.

SPRITES HOSTS BENEFIT MARCH 24

 
March 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Sprites of East County, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization, will host its annual benefit on March 24 at Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Road in Spring Valley.  The theme of this year's event is "Sprites Revolution." The annual benefit includes a silent auction, fashion show featuring apparel from Fashion Valley stores, dance performances, and a delicious catered lunch.  All proceeds benefit their charities.

OCCUPELLA WOMEN'S CHORUS CHANGES LYRICS TO SEND MESSAGE

 
March 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- There’s a new all volunteer female chorus in town with more gigs than they can handle. The “Occupella Chorus” sings familiar tunes, but rewords the lyrics to convey the message of social and economic injustice. A sample is “Occupy Your Mind” sung to tune of “Do Re Mi:” “Occupy your mind today. Learn what’s really going on. Me - an individual, Against a corporation.”

 

WILD CATS FROM SAN NICOLAS ISLAND FIND NEW HOME AT RAMONA SHELTER

 

February 27, 2012 (Ramona) – San Nicolas Island is best known as the setting for the novel Island of the Blue Dolphin.  But the isle in California’s Channel Islands was also used by the Navy—and a colony of wild cats believe to be descended from pets of naval personnel  were hunting wild birds and lizards, endangering native species including foxes. 

The Navy was prepared to kill all of the feral cats—until the Humane Society and the Fund for Animals stepped in. 

CITY HEIGHTS’ MARK TRAN AND OTHER YOUTH LEADERS TO ATTEND LADY GAGA'S BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION LAUNCH IN BOSTON

 

Panels, discussions and social media trainings will teach innovative ways to mobilize for positive change at conference featuring Lady Gaga, Deepak Chopra, Oprah Winfrey plus Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
 
February 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Today, The California Endowment proudly salutes San Diego City Heights’ youth Mark Tran, one of 18 young adults selected from communities across the state to take part in the official launch of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, an ambitious new effort focused on empowering youth to be leaders and advocates in their communities.

 

CARS FOR A CAUSE BENEFITS LOCAL CHARITIES

 
By Billy Ortiz
Photos By Renee Aon, Randy Stone and Billy Ortiz
 
View a video by Billy Ortiz at  http://youtu.be/S_iuDdIywU4
 
February 22, 2012 (Lakeside)--Once a month, on the corner of Los Coches and Olde Highway 80 in Lakeside,  you will find a charity event happening at the 7/11 mini market.

“DREAM DOGS” COLUMNIST/ SHELTER OWNER NEEDS HELP TO PAY EMERGENCY VET BILLS DUE TO DOG ATTACK

February 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- ECM columnist Cate Sacks, owner of the local shelter rescue and dog training company, Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs, is no stranger to odd animal antics. But bad behavior hit close to home when Scooter, her seven-pound pet Maltese, was mauled by a stranger dog while out in public with the family.

The attack left a two-inch hole in Scooter's chest cavity and lungs. He also almost lost his eye and more.

Pages